Elf on the Shelf – love it or loathe it?

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I don’t have children, so I don’t personally have to get involved with these shenanigans every December, but have witnessed many of my friends pulling their hair out about 4 days in to the process and wishing they’d never started. I’ve also see some people getting well into it and some of their ideas are amazing (although they clearly have a lot of time on their hands lol!)


Whichever camp you are in, here are a few ideas to help you on your way if you are partaking…

  • Cut a paper straw in half and thread a piece of string at least twice the length of the straw through it. Glue one end at the start of the straw to keep in place. Tie a fish shaped sweet at the other end of the string. You now have a fishing line for your elf. Position between the hands and sit the elf above a mini bucket or small cup so it looks like he’s fishing.
  • Draw some funny faces on a bunch of bananas with a sharpie and put the pen in the elf’s hands
  • Set out some crayons and paper and draw a picture by the Elf, leaving the supplies out for the kids to do their own when they get home from School.
  • Sit your Elf with an open book and make it look like they are reading to a group of other toys
  • Buy yourself some time and leave a postcard saying the Elf has gone on a secret trip for a couple of days and will bring something nice back with them!(perfect if you’ve forgotten or just can’t be arsed!)

If you want more help, download my Welcome Back and Time To Go letters with 3 pages of ideas for the evening activities pack available here on my Etsy

https://www.etsy.com/uk/CharleyMadeThat/listing/1103327194/elf-on-the-shelf-pack-digital-download?utm_source=Copy&utm_medium=ListingManager&utm_campaign=Share&utm_term=so.lmsm&share_time=1636465936241

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